With the beginning of the new school year in Myanmar about to commence, as we did in 2017, the Esther Project is making the transition to weekend only classes for the duration of 2018. This past week both Esther Project locations completed all relevant coursework in both English and computer training for all classes, and exams are scheduled to be administered this week to test the proficiency of the students at this point.
For the final week of daily classes for the year, in addition to testing, we are bringing in guest speakers to conduct seminars with our staff, students, and the community about Child Policy and Laws. In response to the attempt to take two of our girl students, and to the growing issue in Myanmar regarding abusive behavior towards women and girls, we have also scheduled a seminar for the girls in the Esther Project to educate them about concerns and dangers that they face. Another seminar is scheduled for the boys to help them learn more about how they best can show respect and protect girls/ their sisters from abuse.
We look forward to the opportunity to continue the vital work ahead of us in providing the skills and training for these children over the remainder of the year and for years to come.
It is such a blessing to have an opportunity to educate these children, who are committed to doing everything they can to overcome the tragedies of their past and are striving towards having a promising future. I have no doubt that the Esther Project is addressing one of the biggest needs of Christians led orphanages in Yangon. We are thankful to God for His protection and provision during these past months and for protecting the orphaned children through the various trials they have faced.
On behalf of everyone in the project, I would like to say thank you very much for your prayer, supports and encouragements to give hope and a better future for these children. May the Lord bless you abundantly. Please continue to pray for the rest of the year and the ongoing project activities.
Solomon Shwe Oke (Esther Project Myanmar)